Another applicant for the state’s fifth medical cannabis license has been identified as Will Raap, founder and chairman of Gardener’s Supply, and the founder of Magic Hat Brewing Company, Alan Newman. Their bid is an effort to bring dispensaries to Winooski and Lyndonville, with a production facility in Randolph, VT Digger reports.
Newman and Raap, along with Bill Lofy, former Gov. Peter Shumlin’s chief of staff, formed the Vermont Cannabis Collaborative in 2015.
Raap indicated that they were hesitant to apply for a medical cannabis license because they assumed that the fifth license would go to Bennington, home to Sen. Dick Sears, a proponent of the medical cannabis regime expansion and the adult-use measure vetoed by Gov. Phil Scott in May. He said the team decided to apply anyway after looking further at the points-based system used to rank would-be medical cannabis producers.
According to the report, the duo are the only applicants seeking a license for the Northeast Kingdom, which they say has less access to medical cannabis than Bennington County.
“We think we have a good application, and if [the scoring system is] objective that’s fine, but we will ask why we didn’t get it if it doesn’t go our way,” Raap said in the report.
They indicated they applied to open a dispensary in Winooski because Chittenden County has the most medical cannabis patients in the state and increased competition will likely lead to lower prices for patients and a wider variety of products. They said they have already negotiated leases in their target cities but did not indicate where those properties are located.
Raap and Newman indicated that if they are not approved this round, they will seek the state’s sixth license which will be made available when the state’s patient counts reach 7,000.